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Art in action

Updated: Jul 3, 2022

Archibald Prize Tour

Come join us on Wednesday the 13th of July to visit The Art Gallery of New South Wales to view The Archibald Prize which is an Australian portraiture art prize for painting.

This is the most prestigious portrait prize in Australia.

We will have a bite to eat after viewing the exhibition and have a chance to share our opinions of the exhibitions.


Taylah tells the story of her love of art.

17 years ago, I began art going to a local art class at a local art museum on Saturdays and later at a local club on Monday nights.I also participated in an art workshop in 2017 called: “front up studios.”

I entered an art competition called the 2022 access Artybald prize.

My painting is a portrait of me holding flowers my Nonna gave to me for Valentine’s Day in 2020 (2 years ago).

The photo was taken at her house, but I did the portrait of myself and changed the background to my house.

I own a lot of patterns including skinny lines and bright colours to bring the joy of happiness. It expresses innocence and truth.

On the night of the access Artybald prize opening night as the managers were reading the judges’ comments and announced the name of the winner…it’s me!

I was so excited it’s a dream come true.

How to win people’s choice award: I got family, friends for example: long term close friends, primary school friends, high school friends, line dancing friends, art class friends, card making friends, work colleagues, gig buddies to vote for my painting.

I shared the link so they can like and comment on social media.

Results: I received the most votes across Facebook, Instagram and handwritten votes at Front Up Studios.

Winner of 2022 access Artybald prize: Taylah.

Winner of 2022 peoples choice award: Taylah.

It’s a wonderful experience and achievement!

“Lucky girl”This artwork is a canvas size 16 X 20 inches. Use of paint is acrylic. The artwork will be displayed at Blacktown art gallery and after that the art gallery of NSW. Dates to be advised. Thanks for reading, Taylah.


More July Gigs!

Join us for some Rugby League, Live music and a Pub lunch.

To reserve your place (and to find out more information about each event), load up the links below: - Archibald Portrait Prize Exhibition @ The Art Gallery of NSW :Wednesday 13 July - Rugby League @ Central Coast Stadium : Saturday 16 July - Jelly Bean Jam Party Band @ Gymea Hotel : Friday 22 July - Pub Lunch @ Manly New Brighton Hotel : Saturday 30 July If you have any questions about any of our forthcoming events, get in touch: we can be reached via Facebook Messenger, email: or via text or phone call on 0411 252 228.


Two more

A big warm welcome to our two latest pairings.

Say hello to Libby and Jo (top, L - R) and Clare and Emma (left, L - R). We’re delighted to welcome you on board and we look forward to hearing about your forthcoming adventures.


We have a number of buddies waiting for their ideal volunteer. For more information on the kind of volunteers we are currently looking for to be paired with a Gig Buddy please load up the following link.

Alternatively, you can contact us via Facebook, text or phone call (0411 252 228) or email:


Dine and Discover ends 30th June 2022

Have you used yours yet?

Some popular places Gig Buddies have used their vouchers have been movies, restaurants, the aquarium, the zoo, bowling, paint and sip and putt putt. You can book and pay using the voucher ahead of time but the transaction needs to be performed by the 30th of June.

To see where you can use your Dine and Discover voucher in NSW please find more details here.



COVID-19 Vaccinations update

The NSW Chief Health Officer has extended the current exemption that allows workers (and volunteers) who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to continue to work if they have been assessed as being essential to the operation of the service.

All workers (and volunteers) who have not yet received their booster must also take reasonable steps to get the booster as soon as practical. The exemption has been extended June 29 2022.

We want to say thanks to all volunteers who have sent through an updated version of their vaccination certificate.

If you haven’t done this yet, it’s important that you send the latest copy of your vaccination certificate to Gig Buddies ASAP. The certificate must show the dates on which you have received all THREE doses of the COVID vaccine.

Similarly, for those who have been granted an exemption from a medical professional, we require a copy of any relevant documentation.

You can access your vaccination certificate through your Medicare or MyGov account. Please send this certificate to or via text/WhatsApp it to 0411 252 228.


Add some triumph to your tax return

With the end of the financial year almost upon why not make a tax deductible donation to Gig Buddies?

Carol, Tony, Bec, Xena and Aylin


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Fancy revelling in legendary status? If so, please support us in our cause to get more people out to live events in Sydney.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible and all are gratefully received.

The Gig Buddies Sydney project is an initiative of ACL Disability Services.


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